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Cyprus will fully implement Schengen code Regulation

19 July, 2013

The Republic of Cyprus will fully implement the provisions of the Regulation concerning the Schengen Borders Code, which establishes common rules on standards and procedures for the control of entry of persons at the external borders of the member states of the EU and the implementation of which is obligatory for Cyprus.

According to a press release by the Civil Registry and Migration Department, the Regulation introduces several amendments aiming to increase the clarity of the Schengen Borders Code and limit the possibility of different interpretations by the member states.

The press release notes that an important amendment that should be especially noted is the one regarding the conditions of entry for third country nationals.

The Regulation mentions that for intended stays on the territory of the member states of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay, third country nationals must be in possession of a valid travel document, which must be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the member states (in a justified case of emergency this obligation may be waived) and which has been issued within the previous 10 years from the date of entry to the member state.